Heating and Cooling Gulfport MS
Here’s our 7 tips to reduce cooling costs this summer.
1. Buy an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is ten years or older, you may want to consider having it replaced with a more efficient model. Here in the Southeast Region (Gulfport, Biloxi, Long Beach) starting Jan 1st the minimum SEER rating for an air conditioner has been changed to 14 SEER. The previous minimum rating was a 13 SEER.
SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”
The higher the SEER the more efficient and more money it will save you.
2. Programmable Thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat allows you to set the room temperature a few degrees higher while you are away at work or on vacation. These will save energy and money. Power companies recommend 78 degrees in the summer for best energy savings.
They’re three kinds of programmable thermostats you can choose from.
7 day– Allows you to set different programs for each day of the week.
5+2 day– Set Monday-Friday and then different schedules for the weekend.
5+1+1 day– Allows you to set Monday-Friday and a different program for Saturday then Sunday.
Most programmable thermostats allow for four different time settings, wake, leave, arrive, sleep.
3. Keep Air Filters Clean
Making sure that your air filter is clean, by regularly replacing it, will help the air conditioning system run more efficiently. Not only will this save on energy usage but can prolong the life of the blower motor. Check filters every one to three months.
4. Fix leaking Ductwork
It’s not uncommon to have a couple ducts that leak air. This is wasted conditioned air blowing in the crawlspace or attic. Have a Professional Air Conditioning Contractor check your ductwork for any leaking ductwork. Having these corrected not only saves money but may cool the structure better, depending on how bad the leaks were.
5. Block Out Direct Sun
The easiest way to do this is to use blinds or curtains on windows. You can also use lightly tinted window film to block out the sun. All three of these options are fairly cheap and easy to install yourself.
6. Use Ceiling Fans
Turn your ceiling fans on and raise the temperature up a few degrees on the thermostat. Fans will make you feel cooler at higher room temperatures and keep the air circulating.
7. Have your AC serviced regularly
Having a professional to regularly service your AC could pay for itself. If your system is low on refrigerant, it could take twice as long of a run-time than normal to cool your home. Keeping everything clean and running at peak efficiency will save energy usage and extend the life of your equipment. Most AC system failures can be attributed to a lack of maintenance.